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I agree with all of your points. In addition, we need to know what has happened before we as a community commit to spending millions of dollars on a new facility. One of the things that was originally alleged is that the police force was aggressively ticketing to raise revenues. We've had plenty of discussions about the need for a new police facility and that the current one is too small for the existing police force, but what if our existing police force is oversized because they are ticketing people for revenue. I'd like to see an analysis by the paper of all tickets given by the police force over the past few years grouped into categories. If this shows that we our police are aggressively targeting tourists and locals for less important fines, then maybe we need to rethink the size of the force. The police blog we read everyday in the paper does not seem to justify the size of our current force. With pot legalized, the drop in arrests could justify fewer police, but I doubt that has happened. I'd just like to know some facts and think our community deserves the same.
So you don't analyze any revenues, just costs. Since our town depends mostly on tourism and sales tax revenue, getting tourists to town and the media coverage an event like this produces is a big factor for decision making and spending. All of these teams and tourists will buy food, gas, visit restaurants, stores, etc. The tourists will be getting hotel rooms, visiting bike & fishing shops, buying t-shirts, eating out, going to city market - and hopefully will return and tell friends how great Steamboat is. It's easier to monetize the direct spending (and I'm sure our economic development department can shed light on these estimates), but indirect benefits like future visits are harder to quantify, but I assure you the numbers are very large. All in all, this is a big win for our community. The costs associated are similar in nature to spending for Winter Carnival, Ford Mustang roundup, ballon race, etc. These all benefit our community and are turning the summer season into a revenue producer similar to winter. The voters agreed to spend tax revenues to build trails to increase tourism - this is the same spirit although much better targeting and coverage.
Hi Scott, Could you please provide your analysis here? I'd be interested to see it and so would other readers.
Could you please provide your analysis here? I'd be interested to see it and so would other readers.
I would like to suggest that we add a different airline to the summer lineup. Having a Houston flight on United is nice, but is still limited. If we had a American or Delta flight, it would open the possibilities of connections during the summer months.
All the stories published in the SBP have received many more positive comments against Mr Meeks and the school board than for - I would estimate 10 or 12 to 1 (for vs against). It's time to stop writing and take action. We should organize and show our support in person at the next school board meeting or another organized event. 4/20 is right around the corner. What an ironic statement. We could get more attention on them and their decisions in this course of action. Thoughts?
It made the Denver Post a few minutes ago
Doesn't matter. First offense should not be this harsh.
one thing being missed is where did she get the pot? I'm sure it's fairly easy to obtain similar to alcohol, but there should be some ramifications for the person selling to a minor.
I agree. Reminds me of Kerry St James and the dumpster diving incident. I just sent Mr Meeks an email and we should get as many people to do the same before we end up on national news, because you know this is on its way there, after it hits Denver news or the cannibis section.
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